Resting

Author life, Christian authors, crafts Comments: 38

Have you ever felt like you needed a little bit of a rest? I imagine we all feel that way from time to time. Last week I turned book #31 into my editor…that’s 31 books since 2010. Whew! My brain felt a little frazzled. So I’ve decided to take a time of rest. It’s like a giant present I’ve given to myself…a few weeks to take a deep breath and allow my body, mind, and soul to rest.

Of course I have all these things I want to do:

  • Knit
  • Quilt (see my block of the month? What fun!)
  • Read, read, read
  • Take more walks (when the temp drops below 100)
  • Spend time with my friends and family
  • Rest

Ours is a pretty fast-paced world. I almost feel guilty for taking a little time off. But guilt isn’t what I hear in my heart–what I hear is Rest…it’s okay to take time to rest. In Exodus God said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” In Mark, Christ said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place, and get some rest.” And one of my favorite verses from the book of Matthew, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Comment below with one of your favorite ways to rest, and I’ll draw one winner to receive my latest release. Our winner from the last post was Gloria.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • VC Reader’s Boutique is up and running. You can purchase autographed paperback books as well as handmade items to go along with the books. Click here to browse my items and remember that I add new items several times a week. Also use SUMMER15 for a discount code anytime this week, and you’ll receive 15% off your entire order.
  • An Amish Table, A Perfect Square, and An Amish Cradle all made the ECPA bestseller list this month. Thank you for supporting Christian fiction.
  • The repackaged edition of Material Witness releases July 10th and Love Inspired should start shipping paperback copies A Widow’s Hope on July 17th (ebook available 8-1). You can preorder in all the normal places.

Summertime

Amish facts/history, Amish view Comments: 21

DSCN6526It’s here! The dog days of summer … or is it “dog daze.” Regardless, it feels like we’re melting in the south. So I thought I’d do a blog on how the Amish survive summer because as you know, they do not have air-conditioning.

  1. Most Amish homes are specifically designed so that they will catch a cross breeze. They have high ceilings and tall windows, which also helps.
  2. An Amish home and yard have many tall shade trees. In most Englisch subdivisions, a developer will go in and level the trees because “it’s not worth it to save them.” The houses go up and landscape is planted. Amish homes depend on the shade from mature trees to keep their house cool, so when they’re building – they plan around the trees.
  3. As you know, the Amish dress modestly–which you would think would be very hot. I’m reminded of my dad saying that he was cooler in a cotton long sleeved shirt than in a sleeveless one. Seems counter-intuitive, but I’ve also seen gardeners working in long sleeve shirts. I think the key is that the fabric needs to be breathable.
  4. Another saying from my dad was that “lightbulbs give off 98% heat and 2% light.” He might have been teasing in order to convince me to turn off lights when I left a room, or he might have been telling the truth. Regardless, the Amish don’t have many of the things in their homes that create heat – lights, appliances, etc.
  5. The women and children work outside early in the morning and late in the afternoon when it is cooler. That may seem obvious but occasionally I find myself dragging the trash to the curb at 11 in the morning, when it feels like I’m crossing White Sands New Mexico to get to the street.
  6. The Amish choose northern locations to live. There’s one small community in Texas, and to my knowledge there are none in New Mexico or Arizona. Not only is it uncomfortable to live in these locations during the hot summer months, but it’s nearly impossible to irrigate without some form of power.

I think that one reason the heat doesn’t bother the Amish as much as it does me or you is simply that they haven’t become accustomed to air-conditioning. I grew up without a/c in my home. My husband didn’t have it in his school. We survived and surprisingly we have good memories of those times. So much of life is making the best of what you have.

Comment below with how you combat the heat of summer, and I’ll draw one winner to receive my latest release. Our winner from the last post was Erika.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • Giveaway. My new Rafflecopter giveaway is live, and it includes two autographed copies of my upcoming release – one for you and one to share with a friend. Check my webpage for details.
  • VC Reader’s Boutique is now open. You can purchase autographed paperback books as well as handmade items to go along with the books. Click here to browse my items and remember that I add new items several times a week.
  • The repackaged edition of Material Witness releases July 10th and Love Inspired should start shipping paperback copies A Widow’s Hope on July 17th (ebook available 8-1). You can preorder in all the normal places.

Speaking Gigs

Author life Comments: 12

2018-05-15 18.04.18Last week I had the fun, fun experience of speaking at the Willard Public Library in Battle Creek, MI. I had an awesome time! My talk was titled, “Today’s Amish–Fact vs Fiction.” I love that subject.

It’s not that I’m an expert on the Amish, but I have met a few, and I can count a few as friends which I feel very fortunate about. As an author, it’s been awesome to travel to different Amish communities and see how they live, how they Continue reading

A Widow’s Hope

Amish fiction, Love Inspired Books Comments: 25

I9781335509642‘m so happy to share with you the cover of my first Harlequin/Love Inspired book. Isn’t it beautiful?

And here’s the back cover blurb:

His scars are visible.
Hers are hidden…
An
Indiana Amish Brides match

After tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to walk, Hannah King doesn’t want a new man. She has her family, a home and mounting debts. Scarred Amish bachelor Jacob Schrock offers Hannah the job she desperately needs. But while Hannah helps Jacob resolve his accounting issues, can she and her little boy also heal his wounded heart?

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Monte Vista, Colorado

Amish facts/history, Amish fiction Comments: 25

This week I wanted to share with you pictures from the Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado. If you’re receiving this blog in your email box, you might need to click on the link in order for the photographs to show. Who the Bishop Knows, the last of my novels set in Monte Vista, officially released on March 6, and I’m so pleased at the response. Thank you to everyone who Continue reading

Pick a Memory

Christian fiction, Christmas stories, giveaway Comments: 19

It seems that during the holiday season, more than any other time of year, our thoughts turn to special memories. That’s probably completely normal. It’s also probably normal for many of those memories to be happy and a few to be sad. It’s important for us to remember the people who had such an influence on us, who are a big part of who we turned out to be.piano 001

I love to look back over pictures of Christmas as a child, the houses where we used to live, Continue reading